The number of road accidents and fatalities reported between January and March this year in Gurgaon has witnessed a downward trend as compared to the corresponding period last year.
Reduction of mishaps on National Highway-8 is a heartening indicator.
Around 35 people lost their lives in the first quarter this year as against 45 persons last year.
Though the total number of accidents reduced by just two from 245 last year to 243 this year, the number of deaths registered this year was 80 as against 98 last year, traffic police officials said.
The police attribute the reduction in number of mishaps to their crackdown launched against traffic violators.
“We have taken strict action against drunken driving, speeding and overloaded vehicles. These steps helped us to reduce accidents in the city,” said DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora.
This year, a total of 210 people were injured in road accidents as compared to 209 last year. The number of injured in east, west and south zone this year is 40, 51 and 119 respectively, which is also less than the zone-wise figures of 33, 45 and 131 last year.
In 2010, a total of 75 cases of accidents were registered on NH-8, including 38 cases on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. While this year, 80 accidents took place on NH-8 including 32 cases on the Expressway, the data released by the traffic police has revealed.
In accidents on NH-8, the data says, 45 people died during the first three months of 2010.
Of them 24 people were killed on Expressway. But this year, accidents on the highway claimed 35 lives, including 12 on the Expressway.
Arora said, “The deployment of traffic police has also been increased in accident-prone areas. We also got overwhelming support from the public in every campaign. People are supporting us and participating in the drives to better the traffic situation in the city.”